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Dear Staff, What a great first week of the school year! Thank you for all of your work in getting the school student-ready. Today, I will attend ASD’s grand opening celebration for their new Gallaudet-Clerc Education Building. On Wednesday I will be in Albany for a 4201 Association Meeting. In the evening, the Town of Greenburgh’s Planning Board will review our site request of modulars. Several of their Board members toured our campus today. Fingers crossed it is smooth! As you know, this year we are hosting a Back to School Night on October 3rd from 5:00pm-8:00pm. This is a great day for parents to be on campus as we have both soccer and volleyball games… and it is Spirit Week, as well! Since this is the first Back To School Night at Fanwood, we would like to take the opportunity to make it special. We know that many of you have attended Back to School Nights at other schools and we would love the opportunity to include your ideas in our planning. If you have ideas to share, please join us in the board room this Thursday at 2:45pm. Dr. Dickinson

SAVE THE DATE 9/19 Back to School Night planning meeting 9/21 Fanwood Picnic 9/23 Haunted House Sign-Up Mtg. 3:00 AND 3:30 9/23-9/27 DAW (Deaf Awareness Week) 9/24 New Staff Gathering (2:45pm) 9/27 Soccer/Volleyball Away 9/27 Staff Night Out 9/28 Fanwood Celebrates 75 Years in White Plains! SEE PAGE 6 FOR PROFESSIONAL DEV SCHEDULE


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September 16, 2013 FALL 2012

Food Friday in Amy Kushner's Class

Happy Belated Birthday, Lori Clark! Happy Birthday to: Kathleen Paoli Alaina Roy Donald Ruffin

Don't forget! Fanwood Picnic is this Saturday, September 21st from 112pm. Staff members and students are invited to bring their families to Fanwood. Bring enough food for your group and a blanket/chairs to sit on. We can't wait to meet your families!

Join us in celebrating 75 years in White Plains! Date: Saturday, September 28th, 2013 at 10:00am Questions: anniversary@nysd.net

By Amy Kushner Last Friday, Cori Wagner's class joined my class for our first "Food Friday". Each Friday we'll make a special snack related to our read aloud book. This week we read "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin, Jr. For our special snack, we made a coconut tree out of graham crackers, alphabet cereal, apples, and grapes.

Please share your news with us! One of the newsletter items that staff members told us they appreciate the most is pictures and blurbs about other classroom activities. In the body of today’s email, we shared a link with you with directions on how to access a folder on Google Drive called “News to Share”. Please feel welcome to use this folder to share your fun classroom/Fanwood activities and pictures. We greatly appreciate any news & pictures you share! 2


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September 16, 2013 FALL 2012

CPR & FIRST AID CLASS Last Thursday and Friday, Fanwood held a CPR/First Aid course for all interested staff members. Mike Kennedy led the course and from the pictures below...it looks like they managed to have some fun as they learned!

Safety The NYSD Safety Team is back in action and continues to meet weekly on Fridays at 12:30pm. Although we recognized great improvement last year, there is always more work to do. We would really like to gain the perspective of teachers and TAs. These particular staff members are in classrooms with students all day long, it would be helpful to learn about any particular concerns you may have. If you are a teacher or teacher assistant who is interested in sharing your thoughts at one of our safety meetings, please email safety@nysd.net. Thank you so much and we look forward to a safe year at Fanwood. 3


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September 16, 2013 FALL 2012

Fanwood's Nightmare Manor The Haunted House is around the corner! While we need many random items donated, one of the most pressing donation needs is Corn Stalks and Pumpkins (big and small). Please consider purchasing an extra pumpkin or corn stalk as you are prepping for the fall and Halloween season. Or, if you know anyone who has a personal contact at a pumpkin patch or farm, please let us know. Your help is really appreciated! With questions or for more information, contact Allison Brooks, Laura Mrugalski and Frank Ribaudo.

Sign Up Meeting: Monday, September 23rd 3:00-3:15 and 3:30-3:45 in the Board Room. If you are interested in volunteering, please attend this SHORT meeting! Students Need Your Styrofoam! Thanks to Mary Jones, Emmy Azodeh and Frank Ribaudo, our students are getting involved with the Haunted House preparations! Last year, the students expressed interest in being involved in the Haunted House. Since a lot of the preparation involves building and work outside of their school hours, we struggled to find a meaningful way in which they could help and feel involved.

Fanwood’s Nightmare Manor is right around the corner and several of you have already asked about how you can help. We have several committees and now we need chair people for the following committees: • • • • • • • • • •

This year, our art class students and teachers are helping out by creating a few different props that will be used in the haunted house. These students have one request: Please save any styrofoam packing and any packaging materials for the group to use for these props. Please contact Mary Jones and/or Emmy Azodeh with any packaging you can donate. Thank you!

Admissions Parking Actors Make Up /Costumes Decorating Haunted House Guides Games for Children's Spooktacular Gym Decorations Food Security

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Haunted House committee: Frank Ribaudo, Allison Brooks Laura Mrugalski 4


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2013 NYSD Volleyball and Soccer Schedules Hope to see you there! Volleyball Game Date Friday, September 27th 4PM Tuesday, October 1st 4PM Thursday, October 3rd 4PM Homecoming Saturday, October 5th 1PM Monday, October 7th 4PM Wednesday, October 9th 4PM Thursday, October 10th 4PM Tuesday, October 15th 4PM Thursday, October 17th 4PM Monday, October 21st 4PM Wednesday, October 23rd 4PM Thursday, October 24th 4PM Saturday, October 26th 4PM Tuesday, October 29th 4PM Thursday, October 31st 4PM November 1st – 2nd 4PM

Opposing Team The Learning Center Masters School New Jersey SD Lexington & Rochester American SD Green Meadow Stamford Academy Stamford Academy Valhalla High School(Scrimmage) Pennsylvania SD Harvey School EF International Celebration Tournament @ Lex. Green Meadow Masters School ESDAA Tournament HOME GAMES IN YELLOW

Soccer Game Date Friday, September 27th 4PM Monday, September 30th 4PM Thursday, October 3rd 4PM Homecoming Saturday, October 5th 1PM Monday, October 7th 4PM Wednesday, October 9th 4PM Friday, October 11th 4PM Thursday, October 17th 4PM October 19th – 21st 4PM Tuesday, October 22nd 4PM Thursday, October 24th 4PM Wednesday, October 30th 4PM 5

Opposing Team The Learning Center Montfort Academy New Jersey SD Lexington School for the Deaf & Rochester American SD Masters School Harvey School EF International Metro Tournament @ Lexington Montfort Academy EF International Masters School HOME GAMES IN YELLOW


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September 2013 FALL 16, 2012

September/October Professional Development Schedule DATE

FIP

SEPTEMBER TH 18

SEPTEMBER TH 25

OCTOBER 2

PREK

CLASSROOM WEBSITE PREP

ELEMENTARY 2:45 – 3:15 Gradebook Timeline 3:15 – 4:15 Classroom Website

MS/HS

TOPIC: 1. GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS & EXIT CREDENTIALS CON’T… 2. TEST ACCOM. 3. WEBSITE

DEPARTMENT MEETINGS 1. UPDATES 2. ACCOMMODATIONS (GRADES 2-5) 3. DANIELSON BOOK STUDY: “The Framework for Teaching: An Overview” (Chapter 1)

ND

TOWN HALL MEETING (2:45 – 3:15) SPECIAL TRAINING: BLOOD BORN PATHOGENS (3:15 – 4:15)

TH

TECH TRAINING #1 TOPICS TO BE ANNOUNCED - BASED ON STAFF SURVEYS

OCTOBER 9

OCTOBER 16th

OCTOBER 23rd

OCTOBER 30th

RELATED SERVICES

DEPARTMENT MEETINGS

TA’S

TA’S NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND

T.A. TRAINING IN THE BOARD ROOM

TA’S ARE WELCOME, BUT NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND

DANIELSON BOOK STUDY: “Assumptions and Features of the Framework for Teaching” (Chapter 2) and review the Appendix entitled: “The Research Foundation”

Related Services: Department Meeting TOPIC: Assistive Tech Training

Department Meetings 1. Updates 2. DANIELSON BOOK STUDY: “The Four Domains of Teaching Responsibility” (Chapter 3)

Department Meeting

TA’S NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND

T.A. TRAINING

“TRICK-OR-TREATING” (Come & Go Fall Get Together at Dr. Dickinson’s Home)

NOVEMBER 6th

TOWN HALL MEETING (2:45 – 3:30) SPECIAL TRAINING: Mandatory Reporting (3:15 – 4:15)

NOVEMBER 13th

TECH TRAINING #2

TA’S NOT REQUIRED TO ATTEND

Class Websites Due to the fact that the training needs vary so greatly between teachers, we have decided to provide training mostly on a 1:1 basis. Teachers, please reach out directly to Darrell Long to arrange an appointment, if you would like training or support on setting up your class website. 6

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